The School Administrator

April 2011 Cover

April 2011 Number 4 Vol 68Double-Duty SuperintendentsTo stretch thinning resources, leaders are managing two (or more) school districts with increasing frequency

Features

  • Stretched Superintendents

    by BILL GRAVES

    A story about superintendents hired to manage two districts finds they exercise good organizational skills -- and a lot of hustle -- to succeed in this unique role. They don't discount the downsides and do question the money savings involved.

    Similar Reading: Two Decades as a Shared Superintendent and When Boards Share a Leader, Alignment Is a Must

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  • Compression in the Superintendent Ranks

    by BRADFORD G. SARON AND LOUIS J. BIRCHBAUER

    The increasing use of part-time school district leaders as a cost-savings measure may be contributing to deleterious consequences, according to the authors of a new statewide study in Wisconsin on the phenomenon.

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  • The Brave New World of the Interim Superintendency

    by GARY D. BIGHAM

    A veteran superintendent-turned-professor accepts an interim appointment to lead a small western Texas district to experience how the duties and roles differ from a permanent post.

    Similar Reading: Have Name Signs, Will Travel and Thirsting for More During Five Years as an Interim

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  • The Intentional Interim

    by PATRICIA A. NUGENT

    The author spent years in central-office administration, most recently in an interim position, so she's especially keen on a systemic process for hiring interim leadership that's in place in one national church's ministry.

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  • Online ExclusiveThe Role and Impact of Interim Superintendents

    by MICHAEL J. MUGITS

    A superintendent’s doctoral research discovered that school district stakeholders see the interim district leader as more than a caretaker. He shares his findings in this web-exclusive article.

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Profile

    Shed No Tears for This Inspirational Leader by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    The 2011 National Superintendent of the Year, Marcus Johnson of Sanger, Calif., isn't beyond shedding a few tears when he discusses the plight of disadvantaged children in his community.

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    Departments

    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Is This Democracy at Its Best? by GENE I. MAEROFF


    He's the president of a school board in New Jersey and the author of School Boards in America, so this month's columnist has some strong thoughts on the subject of school district governance.

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    Focus

    Why Enrollment Projections Go Wrong by KELLEY D. CAREY


    A school planning consultant offers reasons that problems arise, as well as suggestions for improving enrollment prognostications, based on his work with school districts.

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    Dress Code Adoption: A Year of Preparation by MATT BUESING


    Developing and adopting a successful uniform dress-code policy can't be accomplished overnight. The author shares five steps to build support for the implementation.

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    People

    People


    This month's roundup of superintendents on the move into new leadership posts as well as those heading into retirement.

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    Tech Leadership

    The Participatory Culture in Learning Environments by KEITH R. KRUEGER


    A superintendent in Georgia is modeling the use of social media for professional purposes in his 36,000-student district as a regular blogger to keep in touch with community members and as a user of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to convey the latest information about his district.

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    President's Corner

    Renewing Our Idealism by EDGAR B. HATRICK


    AASA's president is committed to remaining optimistic despite the criticisms from elected government officials, who claim to hold the quick-fix solutions to the complex challenges confronting public education today.

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    Executive Perspective

    A House Chair Who Fits Our Agenda by DANIEL A. DOMENECH


    The new chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline, R.-Minn., who meets regularly with superintendents in his home state, shared several important areas of policy and funding agreement with AASA's leadership.

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